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      Epidemiology of Blastocystis sp. infection in China: a systematic review Translated title: Épidémiologie de l’infestation à Blastocystis en Chine : revue systématique

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          Blastocystis sp., a unicellular intestinal parasite in humans and animals worldwide, is frequently found in immunocompromized patients and people in close contact with animals. Here, we reviewed recent studies on the prevalence, subtypes, and distribution of Blastocystis infection in humans and animals in China. To date, more than 12 provinces have reported Blastocystis infection in humans, with identification of six different subtypes (ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5, and ST6). The overall infection rate reported was 3.37% (3625/107,695), with the lowest prevalence (0.80%) in Fujian province and the highest prevalence (100%) in Guangdong province. ST3 (62%, 186/300) was the most dominant subtype, identified in all tested provinces in China. A total of eight provinces have reported Blastocystis infection in various animals, with the overall prevalence being 24.66% (1202/4874). Molecular analysis revealed 14 subtypes that infected animals, including 10 known (ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7, ST10, ST13, ST14), and 4 novel (Novel1, Novel2, Novel3, Novel4) subtypes. ST5 was the dominant subtype infecting artiodactyls (44.1%, 460/1044), while ST1 commonly infected carnivores (45.5%, 5/11). These findings provide insights into the epidemiological behavior of Blastocystis sp. in China, and could help in developing effective control strategies against the parasite.

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          Blastocystis sp., un parasite intestinal unicellulaire de l’homme et des animaux dans le monde entier, est fréquemment détecté chez les patients immunodéprimés et les personnes en contact étroit avec les animaux. Ici, nous avons passé en revue des études récentes sur la prévalence, les sous-types et la distribution de l’infection à Blastocystis chez l’homme et l’animal en Chine. À ce jour, plus de 12 provinces ont signalé une infection à Blastocystis chez l’homme, avec l’identification de 6 sous-types différents (ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5 et ST6). Le taux d’infection global signalé était de 3,37 % (3625/107695), la prévalence la plus faible (0,80 %) étant dans la province du Fujian et la prévalence la plus élevée (100 %) dans la province du Guangdong. ST3 (62 %, 186/300) était le sous-type le plus dominant, identifié dans toutes les provinces testées en Chine. Au total, 8 provinces ont signalé une infection à Blastocystis chez divers animaux, avec une prévalence globale de 24,66 % (1202/4874). L’analyse moléculaire a révélé 14 sous-types infectant des animaux, dont 10 sous-types connus (ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7, ST10, ST13, ST14) et 4 nouveaux (Novel1, Novel2, Novel3, Novel4). ST5 était le sous-type dominant infectant les artiodactyles (44,1 %, 460/1044), tandis que ST1 infectait couramment les carnivores (45,5 %, 5/11). Ces résultats fournissent des informations sur le comportement épidémiologique de Blastocystis sp. en Chine et pourrait aider à élaborer des stratégies de contrôle efficaces contre le parasite.

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          Blastocystis is an unusual enteric protozoan parasite of humans and many animals. It has a worldwide distribution and is often the most commonly isolated organism in parasitological surveys. The parasite has been described since the early 1900s, but only in the last decade or so have there been significant advances in our understanding of Blastocystis biology. However, the pleomorphic nature of the parasite and the lack of standardization in techniques have led to confusion and, in some cases, misinterpretation of data. This has hindered laboratory diagnosis and efforts to understand its mode of reproduction, life cycle, prevalence, and pathogenesis. Accumulating epidemiological, in vivo, and in vitro data strongly suggest that Blastocystis is a pathogen. Many genotypes exist in nature, and recent observations indicate that humans are, in reality, hosts to numerous zoonotic genotypes. Such genetic diversity has led to a suggestion that previously conflicting observations on the pathogenesis of Blastocystis are due to pathogenic and nonpathogenic genotypes. Recent epidemiological, animal infection, and in vitro host-Blastocystis interaction studies suggest that this may indeed be the case. This review focuses on such recent advances and also provides updates on laboratory and clinical aspects of Blastocystis spp.
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              Blastocystis isolates from 56 Danish synanthropic and zoo animals, 62 primates primarily from United Kingdom (UK) collections and 16 UK primate handlers were subtyped by PCR, sequencing and phylogenetic analysis. A new subtype (ST) from primates and artiodactyls was identified and designated as Blastocystis sp. ST10. STs isolated from non-human primates (n=70) included ST3 (33%), ST8 (21%), ST2 (16%), ST5 (13%), ST1 (10%), ST4 (4%) and ST10 (3%). A high prevalence of ST8 was seen among primate handlers (25%). This ST is normally very rare in humans, suggesting that acquisition of Blastocystis ST8 infections from primates by their handlers had occurred in these cases. Data from published studies of non-human primates, other mammals and birds were collected and interpreted to generate a comprehensive overview on the ST distribution in such animals. On the basis of information on 438 samples, it was found that Blastocystis from primates belong mainly to ST1, ST2, ST3, ST5 and ST8, ungulates and dogs mainly ST1, ST2, ST3, ST5 and ST10, rodents ST4 and birds mainly ST6 and ST7. The data indicate moderate host specificity, most clearly exemplified by the fact that STs isolated from avian and non-avian hosts rarely overlap.

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                EDP Sciences
                16 July 2019
                : 26
                : ( publisher-idID: parasite/2019/01 )
                [1 ] The Key Laboratory of Animal Disease and Human Health of Sichuan Province, College of Veterinary Medicine, Sichuan Agricultural University Chengdu Sichuan 611130 PR China
                [2 ] Sichuan Key Laboratory of Conservation Biology for Endangered Wildlife Chengdu Sichuan Province 611130 PR China
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                These authors contributed equally to this work.

                [* ]Corresponding author: pgn.sicau@ 123456163.com
                parasite190031 10.1051/parasite/2019042
                © L. Deng et al., published by EDP Sciences, 2019

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                zoonosis, china, molecular epidemiology, blastocystis


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